Today, instead of a recipe, I’m sharing something a bit different with you; I’m opening the window for you to take a peek at what a day in my life might look like. You’ll get to follow me around for a day. I always enjoy reading “A Day in the Life” posts on other blogs, so I thought it would be fun to share mine too. We humans are interesting creatures, and there’s something really fascinating about watching other people live life. I guess you could say that we’re nosy and that’s probably why reality tv, vloggers and everything else in that realm is so popular. I do think it’s a great way to connect and show a more personal side of myself so you can get to know me just a tad bit better.
Since I wear many different hats (wife, mother, nurse, blogger, homemaker) every day is very different.
On this particular Thursday, May 1st, the start of my day is actually the end of the previous day. I work 12 hour shifts as a nurse in the hospital, starting at 7 pm and ending at 7 am. This morning, I had arranged to leave work at 6:10, since Sergi needs to be at work earlier than usual. On the way to and from work, I usually listen to some of my favorite podcasts like Focus on the Family, Family Life Today or Living on the Edge by Chip Ingram. This morning I listened to Chip Ingram’s broadcast series from last week, Less Stress :Finding Peace in a High Pressure World. It was so inspiring and encouraging. I highly recommend listening to it.
I arrive home at 6:30 and see my husband already in the parking lot, packing his work van. We go back inside together, he gathers the rest of his things and is off to work. Usually, we like to pray together in the mornings, but today he’s in a hurry, so we each pray separately:). We started this tradition when we first got married and it’s something that is really important to my husband, to me too, of course, but he always makes sure that we find time to pray together in the mornings, whenever we can. I love that about him!
Branden is crying louder, so I feed him first and he is a happy camper again. Meanwhile, Danny is cooing in his crib. I pick him up and feed him. He is a slow eater, so I have time to read Romans chapter 8. It’s one of my favorites.
I play with the boys until about 8:30. Branden is in a good mood, smiling at me and Danny plays in his jumper for about 15 minutes, then with some of his other toys and in my lap too. It’s a constant shuffling of one boy to the other in my arms. When they both settle down, I go change into something more comfortable (jeans and a simple shirt) and clean up the house a bit. I take out some Chicken Broth and chicken from the freezer so it will be defrosted by dinner time. My husband is such a thoughtful guy and tries to help out as much as he can, so he cleaned up last night, and I don’t have too much to do this morning.
I make myself some scrambled eggs and toast, and have breakfast.
By 9:30, the boys are letting me know that they want some attention and Branden wants to eat again. I feed him a bottle of formula and then give Danny some baby oat cereal. He gets messy when he eats, so I change his outfit. I wash the dishes, feed Branden, walk around with him since he is cranky again. He’s had a cold all week and is either cranky or tired most of the time. He finally settles down. By 11 am, they are both calm, fed and clean, so we head out to do some errands.
It’s not easy venturing out with two babies, and I avoid it as much as I can. We actually started to save quite a bit of money on groceries every month just because I hardly ever go shopping. I usually have Sergi stop by the store on his way home from work and only get bare necessities:). However, sometimes I just NEED to get out of the house because the walls are closing in!
First stop, Once Upon a Child, a store where they have a good selection of gently used kids clothing, toys, furniture and equipment at up to 70% off retail. I find exactly what I’m looking for – a swing for Branden. We noticed that he loves to be rocked, so I think a swing will help with my sanity. Most days, especially when I’m busy, he will not stop crying unless I rock him or gently tap his bouncer seat. He usually calms down very quickly with some motion. It’s worth a try.
$35 for a barely used swing that’s in great shape – I think it’s a good deal.
Next, we stop at the farmer’s market and pick up a few things.
Our last visit is to the library. Unfortunately, they don’t have the book that I want to check out. I want to browse for some other things to read, but Danny puts up a ruckus and I quickly leave. Branden has fallen asleep so sweetly.
Meanwhile, I put the groceries away and post a picture of the boys in their carseats on Instagram and Facebook.Then I throw in a load of laundry, (which includes the swing seat cover) and put the groceries away.
Usually, I eat lunch at this time, but I don’t have much of an appetite when I’m tired, so I skip it today.
I try calling my sister, Karina, but she’s not picking up her phone, so I send her a text message instead. It’s actually her 18th birthday today! (It turns out that her sweetheart treated her to a birthday spa day, and she wasn’t allowed to have her cell phone there. She had already celebrated with the family last night, and today was being treated like royalty. Happy Birthday to my baby sister!)
Right around this time, we start a lengthy group message with my siblings and parents and on the home front, I start prepping dinner and then folding laundry. While I’m working, I’m watching Little House on the Prairie. I’m really tired, so it seems as though I’m working in slow motion. I try to plan really simple things for Thursdays, something that will keep me awake, but at the same time doesn’t require too much effort or concentration. Meals are easy too.
At this point in the afternoon, I’m not exactly sure of the sequence of events, but I do know that I prepped and cooked dinner, changed and fed the boys, folded and put away the laundry, talked to both my Mom and Sergi on the phone. I also took pictures of our dinner.
Whenever I have a chance, I try to update pictures of the older recipes on my blog. It’s exciting to see how far we’ve come with our food photography. I know how important great pictures are on a food blog. No matter how delicious a dish is, people won’t want to make it if the pictures don’t look appetizing. This is why I try to take better pictures of my older recipes.
Sergi comes home later than expected, 6:20 and by this time, I’m starving. While waiting for him, I snack on some of the melon that I cut up that morning and play with Danny.
After enjoying our dinner, we look at some houses online that our real estate agent e-mailed us, narrow it down to fewer options and decide to drive over to look at some of the neighborhoods.
It’s right after 8 when we head out the door.The boys love the car, and it’s their bedtime anyway, so they both fall asleep almost immediately. It’s like a date night for us, driving around, talking. We even stopped to get some coffee and sweet treats. It’s just as if we’re at a romantic cafe, except it’s in our car:).
Before you know it, we hear our alarm clock, Branden, crying in the backseat. He has a built in schedule in his little body, and will start crying right on cue, every 2-3 hours, demanding food. By the time we reach home at 10:30, he is desperate and letting us know about it. He can take care of himself, this little man. Danny has woken up too. Who can sleep with so much racket? With a sob of relief, Branden quiets down as soon as Sergi gives him a bottle.
Meanwhile, I feed and change Danny into a clean diaper and clean, comfy pajamas. As soon as he finishes his bottle, I put him in his crib, tuck in his favorite blankie next to him and after stroking his hair and kissing him, I leave the room. That’s our routine and he falls asleep within 10 minutes.
I talk to my family in another long group message for a while, and Karina writes to tell us about her day and to thank us for blowing up her phone with birthday wishes:).
Sergi has had a really long week and his allergies are acting up, so he heads to bed at 11. I clean up the kitchen, load the dishwasher, pick up some things around the living room. It has been a really, really long day. Usually on Thursday I fall asleep much earlier and Sergi watches the boys and also feeds them, but since he wasn’t feeling good and I don’t have to wake up early tomorrow, we switch roles tonight.
Branden wakes up and is really fussy and definitely doesn’t feel good. I end up rocking him, feeding him, changing him and holding him for a long time, because he just won’t calm down. He finally falls asleep at 1:40. I take a quick shower and go to bed.
So that was my day on Thursday.
Please don’t be alarmed that I didn’t sleep for more than 35 hours. This is a system I’ve worked out to help myself get back on a daytime routine after working a few nights in a row. If I sleep during the day after working a night shift, I can’t fall asleep at night and then it’s the same thing the next day. This way, I’m tired, but at least I sleep at night and then I’m on a day schedule for the rest of the week. The joys of working at night!
I am far from perfect and usually plan way too many things for myself on any given day:). Each day of the week is different from the other. For example, on Mondays I usually develop new recipe for the blog, on Tuesdays I prep for the next few days when I will be working at night and try to get ahead with housekeeping things and making enough food to have some leftovers for the next day. Since I work on Tuesday nights, I do the bare minimum on Wednesdays, try to get as much sleep as I can and just feed and change the boys and reheat leftovers for dinner. Sometimes there are appointments to go to, home visits by multiple foster care workers, guest coming for dinner, etc. Many times things don’t do as planned, unexpected things come up. I’m sure you can all relate in one way or another.
Life is a sum total of our daily activities, day in and day out, no matter how mundane and ordinary they may seem at the time we are living them.
“Simplicity is the ultimate form of satisfaction.” Leonardo da Vinci